On A sunny Saturday in September 2018, the Gadways washed their garage floor and then left their garage door open about 8 inches above the ground so that the floor could air dry. Later, when Mrs. Gadway used her garage door opener remote to open the garage door the rest of the way, the garage door rolled closed, killing the families beloved 11-year-old dog, in front of both her and her young son.
The Chamberlain Group (CGI) owners of Chamberlain and LiftMaster garage door openers that uses MyQ technology allowing their customers to open their garage doors and turn on their house lights using an app on their smart phone has joined forces with Honeywell’s Total Connect smart home security system in August of this year. (2018)
If you have at least the basic Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 and MyQ garage door opener, the joining of these two apps allows you to operate and monitor both your security system and your garage door with one simple integrated app.
In September of this year (2018) California Governor Jerry Brown signed into Senate Bill 969 garage door opener related that will require every new garage door opener that is sold or installed after July 1, 2019 come equipped with a backup battery to allow the garage doors to be opened in the case of a power outage.
The bill was introduced by Senator Bill Dodd, in response to hearing about several deaths during the 2017 California wildfires attributed to people who were unable to get their vehicles out of their garage during after the electricity failed, so had no way to flee. Senator Dodd experienced this problem himself, when he could not open his wooden garage door manually by using the garage door emergency release mechanism and required the assistance of a neighbor to get his vehicle out so he could evacuate the area. A neighbor of his had to drive through his garage door in order to escape the fire.
Human Beings are creatures of habit and breaking those ingrained habits is often a difficult task. However, if you are one of the thousands of people who tend to leave your garage door partially open this is one habit you may want thinking about changing.
Is it safe to leave your garage door partially open? Many people think that by leaving their garage door only partially open they are safer than leaving the it completely open. This really is not the case. Even leaving your garage door open a couple of inches can breach the security of your garage, and in some cases your home. Knowing the dangers of a partially open garage door may be enough to make many of you immediately change this habit for good. Here is a look at some of the main dangers of a partially opened garage door.